The meteorite fell on November 30, 1954, at 12:46 local time in Oak Grove near Sylacauga. It is commonly called the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges (1920–1972).

The Sylacauga meteorite is the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. The grapefruit-sized fragment crashed through the roof of a farm house, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Hodges while she napped on a couch. The 34-year-old woman was badly bruised on one side of her body, but was able to walk. The event received worldwide publicity.

Ann Hodges’ doctor shows off her bruise, caused by the meteorite / Image: Getty Images
The hole made by the meteorite that crashed through Ann Hodges roof / Image: Getty Images
Now, it sits on the second floor of The Alabama Museum of Natural History on The University of Alabama campus. Under a glass case, the burnt exterior is covered in miniature hills and valleys. Next to it, there is a clear impact site on the radio, where wood is missing and the glass over the dial is cracked / Image: The Alabama Museum of Natural History

Featured Image: The Hodges Meteorite / Image: The Alabama Museum of Natural History





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